Bullying in Schools: A Public Health Issue

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Pop Quiz: Which of These Statements Is a Myth?

  1. Students with disabilities are at a higher risk of being bullied.
  2. Bullies are rejected by their peers and have no friends.
  3. Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society.

Bullying continues to be the subject of news stories nationwide. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that students who are bullies and students who are bullied have already experienced violence at home. The study also suggested a link between bullying and alcohol and drug use.

In How to Spot a Bullied Child and What to Do, bullying authority Jodee Blanco writes a list of danger signs of bullied children in crisis and tips on how to help them heal. Some warning signs include inexplicable fits of rage, despondency or depression, and desperate attempts to win friends.

How can you identify bullying? According to the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), bullying can be:

Physical: Examples include hitting, kicking, pushing; stealing, hiding, or ruining others’ belongings; making someone do something against his will.

Verbal/Nonverbal: Examples include name calling, teasing, insulting; threatening someone with physical harm; spreading rumors or untruths; cyberbullying.

Relational: Examples include refusing to talk to someone; making someone feel left out or rejected; encouraging others to bully in some way.

To address the serious issue of bullying, CPI has released a new refresher option, Bullying Behaviors: Applying CPI's Crisis Development ModelSM. The program uses Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® concepts to address issues specific to bullying behavior, helping participants develop action plans that focus on the bully, the target, bystanders, staff members, family, and the community.

Certified Instructors can order Bullying Behaviors Participant Workbooks and Leader's Guides on the Products page.

(Answer to Pop quiz: #2 is the myth.)


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